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  • Writer's pictureLynne Kornecki

Congrats to BLUE MOON GALLERY on 5 Amazing Years Serving Local Artists; 4/27/24 Reception from 6-9 PM

Updated: Apr 22


Blue Moon Gallery Launches Spring Art Season with a HIGH FIVE 5th Anniversary Celebration – New Exhibition April 27

Blue Moon Gallery kicks off its spring art season with “HIGH FIVE,” a new invitational group exhibition at debuting at the gallery’s Opening Reception on Saturday, April 27, from 6-9pm. HIGH FIVE features 24 past and present Blue Moon artists in a celebratory visual feast presenting over 40 works of fine art. The show commemorates the gallery’s 5th anniversary.

The gallery’s five 2024 Collective Artists will also be showing their latest artwork.  

“This month we are super excited to celebrate the 5th anniversary of our opening day with so many gifted artists showing their work with us. It has been a truly rewarding experience working with so many artists from across northern Illinois, southeastern Wisconsin, and all of Chicagoland these past five years and share their outstanding fine art with our community.” said Kendra Kett, Director of the Blue Moon Gallery.

“Everyone is invited everyone to come out and enjoy our beautiful new show which features 20 different mediums from 24 past and present Blue Moon artists. The colors pop, the techniques are meticulous, and the textures are lush. There is something for everyone – oil, acrylic, watercolor, graphite, colored pencil, collage, encaustic, assemblage, and more. The show is happy, fun, engaging, and visually very interesting. You can tell that every artist is wholly dedicated to every single detail in their artwork.”  said Kett.

Participating artists in the show come from as far north as Racine and Kenosha, out west to DeKalb and Machesney Park, and from the south in Northbrook and Northfield, as well as from all over Lake County. Fine art by Kristin Ashley, Susan Bennett, Marcia Biasiello, Darlene Bock, Joan Bredendick, Maureen Ivy Fisher, Frank Fitzgerald, Tim Flynn, Chet Griffith, Dean Habegger, Janette Hill, Terry Luc, Crystal Marie, Mary Neely, Laura O’Connor, Paul Pinzarrone, Peg Raasch, Jaynanne Ridder, Aruna Sarode, Les Scott, Rebecca Stahr, William Weidner, Sally Wille, and Kelly Witte is on display in the gallery’s HIGH FIVE show through May 12.

“It's going to be a fun opening night. Chef Andrew Brennan of Veridian Catering will be providing refreshments and our popular firepit will be roaring for folks to gather around and socialize. Wine will also be served.” said the gallery’s Assistant Director, Keaton Nonnemacher. “There is free parking in the lots in front of the gallery and on the street behind the gallery.”   

The gallery’s five 2024 Collective Artists – Juli Janovicz, Kendra Kett, John Kirkpatrick Jr, Ginny Krueger, and Matthew Padilla -- will also be exhibiting new works including acrylic, oil, and watercolor paintings, encaustics, and drawings. These artists show year-round at the gallery and present evolving collections of works in still life, figurative expressionism, geometric figurative abstraction, and abstract genres.

After pushing through the pandemic and other more typical start-up struggles, the Blue Moon has become a lively and supportive go-to destination for both artists and art lovers alike. John Kirkpatrick, a Blue Moon member artist since opening day five years ago, says the gallery’s support and professionalism has allowed him to grow tremendously as an artist and that the gallery’s members and patrons have become like family. “I encourage everyone to come out on the 27th and celebrate with us – art is such a positive thing to experience.” said Kirkpatrick.     

“Blue Moon Gallery is more than a building. It has become a community of artists and people who celebrate art. The monthly openings continue to generate excitement and new visitors. I am honored to be one of the gallery’s collective artists and have my art on the wall in this vibrant gallery.” said watercolor artist Juli Janovicz.

The gallery will be open to the public April 27th from 6-9pm and April 28th from 1-4pm and weekends, Saturdays/Sundays, from 1-4pm. The gallery also ships artwork to buyers nationwide.  

Blue Moon Gallery is located at 18620 Belvidere Road, Grayslake IL. For more information text 224-388-7948, or visit





Night Noises by Darlene Bock (pastel)

Red Bucket by Sally Wille (watercolor, gouache, cold wax)

Purple and White Iris by Aruna Sarode (oil)

Three Dots and a Dash by Susan Bennett (acrylic)  

Night Flight by Joan Bredendick (watercolor)



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